Friday, December 02, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/2/2016 - Dodgers Links: Some Odds and Ends

Dodger Stadium now has a new attraction to draw you in this winter.  Starting today and most weekends til early March is a pop-up museum highlighting Dodger history through memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the renowned collection of Gary Cypres and the Dodgers own archives.  Go here for more information.  Admission is $10 per person.

In the photo above, via @Dodgers on twitter, Steve Garvey is shown holding up the uniform of his boyhood idol, Gil Hodges.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela is named the NL Rookie of the Year.  He becomes the third consecutive Dodger to win the award -- following Steve Howe (1980) and Rick Sutcliffe (1979).
  • Happy Birthday, Chip Hale & Peter Moylan!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Anguish in the Eyes of Mickey Owen - Vintage Press Photo from RMY Auction

Here is proof positive that Baseball will break your heart.

Featured above is an Associated Press photo taken the evening after Mikey Owen's fateful misplay that handed Game 4 to the Yankees during the 1941 World Series.  It is currently available at RMY's current vintage photo auction. (Auction Link Here)

As you can see, the rather despondent Dodgers catcher, Mickey Owen, is being consoled by his wife.  She could not, however, assuage his guilt.

For those who don't know, this event is considered one of the most impactful plays in World Series history. Even with the Yankees up two games to one in the series, the Dodgers were considered the odds on favorite to take home the crown.  Unfortunately, fate would go in a different direction.

Blog Kiosk: 12/1/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another spring training related photo.  This time we see an action photograph, originally from "The George Michael Collection" of sliding press photos, of Jim Gilliam.  As you can see, he makes it safely to third base -- ahead of a throw fielded by Eddie Matthews.  It was taken on 3/9/1957 by Harry Hirsch during a spring match in Miami, FL. (Auction Link Here)

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1966 the Dodgers trade Maury Wills to Pittsburgh for Bob Bailey and Gene Michael.
  • Happy Birthday, Cookie Lavagetto & Walter Alston!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Newcombe, Lopes, Reuss, Pederson, Johnstone, Verdugo and Bellinger

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


An Dodgers signing extravaganza is slated for this coming Saturday, December 3rd at The Day Family Classic Cards Auto Musem in Corona.  It'll features Don Newcombe, Davey Lopes, Jerry Reuss, Joc Pederson & Jay Johnstone signing autographs for fans (a pay event) and some great looking old cars to gawk at.  Go here for information.  The museum facebook page is here.  Below are some of the details:

2016 Panini Black Friday & Cyber Monday - All the Dodgers Cards

This past Thanksgiving weekend was not only a time for family and friends, but it's also our biggest shopping holiday of the year.  Stores, both brick & mortar and online advertise rock-bottom sales and incentives to drive crowds to spend.  Fortunately for the hobbyist, that ethic also extends to Baseball cards.

Panini America once again issued both Black Friday and Cyber Monday cards, and below are most of the Dodgers that are available.  Unfortunately, a complete checklist has not yet been provided by Panini (this is something that consistently irks me about all of their products), so what you see below is likely to be a work in progress.  If you happen to know of anything I don't list please let me know.

First of all, let's take a look at their Black Friday cards.  Go here for more information.  This was a promotion available at only participating hobby stores.  With a qualified purchase of particular products you would receive a promotional Black Friday pack of cards.  Below are the Dodger cards I am aware of.

2016 Panini Black Friday Cards


#15 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 11/30/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I've got spring training on the mind.  So much so that I actively seek out spring Baseball photos featuring Dodger players to share on this blog.  Case in point, check out the above vintage press photo, dated March 31, 1940, featuring Reds Manager Bill McKechnie and Brooklyn Dodgers Manager Leo Durocher shaking hands prior to a spring exhibition game at Tampa. (eBay Auction Link)

No doubt this is a friendly match between two rivals in the National League.  Unfortunately, one team far exceeds the other in talent on the field.  The Cincinnati Reds had won the pennant the prior season, and was destined for championship glory in 1940.   They defeated the Detroit Tigers later that fall to capture their second crown in their history.

As for the Dodgers, they would finish twelve games back of the Reds in second place.  Always the bridesmaid never the bride, I suppose.  On another note, ain't that jacket worn by Durocher keen? 

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1952, on a local NBC TV program, Jackie Robinson charged that the New York Yankees management is racist for its failure to scout, sign and bring up a black players. George Weiss of the Yanks denied the allegations, saying that the team welcomed black ballplayers, "good enough to make the team." (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12/1/1952, p. 11)  Elston Howard would become New York's first black player in 1955.
  • Happy Birthday, Clyde Sukeforth & Shane Victorino!